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The Black Horse Inn Restaurant

Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
+44(0)1622 737185
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Thurnham
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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English first
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158 reviews 158 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

A large group of us went on a week night. The food was great and the service equally as good, but it gets top marks for location, gardens and overall character. Whilst it has been extended in recent years, it hasn't lost any of it's rural charm. We really enjoyed the whole experience, and will definitely be returning.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Wide ranging menu and gorgeous food. A top class restaurant in a pub! OK, if I'm going to be picky, it's dark and whilst it's an attractive and atmospheric place seriously, a bit more light would be great - they have nothing to hide!

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My partner and I made a dinner reservation at The Black Horse on Saturday evening as it had been recommended to us but what a disappointment! My partner ordered the soup and I ordered the mozzarella balls for starters. When the soup came out, it had soup round the edge of the bowl where it had not been wiped off... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I loved everything about this restaurant from the warm welcome and polite service to the varied menu and quality of the food which I might add is second to none. Very reasonably priced for what you get, the best way to describe this restaurant is cosy and quaint, would definitely recommend

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Kent, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

In a lovely setting on the North Downs in Kent, and with some outdoor seating, it was a great start to the meal. An interesting menu with good choices, friendly staff and good food made for a relaxed and happy family meal. Reasonably priced so a treat rather than an every day restaurant

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North Wales, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I've eaten here many times this year and it's always great. The beer on tap is top class as is the wine. Try the Hake with crayfish tails and a fricassee of spring onions, tomatoes and new potatoes, it's lovely.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Had a meal at the Black Horse @ Thurnham. Without doubt one of the best pub restaurants in Kent. The fillet steak is the best there is and the desserts are to die for. The atmosphere is great and the service is both friendly and attentive. Can't wait to eat there again! Thank you!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Came here for my partners birthday. We didn't book in advance but were seated straight away. We also had our baby girl with us who was 2 weeks old, they were very accommodating with feeding her etc. The food was absolutely beautiful, the pub itself is lovely inside. Staff were very friendly and it was reasonably priced for the brilliant... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My husband and I were taken to this pub/restaurant by local friends who eat there frequently. There was a great choice of food and the pub had a lovely atmosphere but it was a little pricey.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Well prepared food, with no nonsense about it, in a nice, friendly atmosphere and an old-fashionably, proper service

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